Fri, Jul 21|
Cal Poly Pomona
The Poetics of Connection ~ CalPoets' 2023 Statewide Symposium with Lee Herrick
CalPoets announces our statewide symposium featuring California's Poet Laureate, Lee Herrick. Join us for a weekend of poetic exploration, learning, and networking as we explore the theme, THE POETICS OF CONNECTION. Under "About the Event" click "Read More" for the full event description.
Time & Location
Jul 21, 2:00 PM – Jul 23, 2:00 PM
Cal Poly Pomona, 3801 W Temple Ave, Pomona, CA 91768, USA
About the Event
Photo credit: Curtis Messer
Space for overnight guests is limited at this event. If overnight tickets are sold out, please refer to other lodging options, under "Housing" below.
For nearly 60 years, California Poets in the Schools(CalPoets) has brought poetry creation and performance to over one million students. Our work is more important than ever! Poetry instruction can build empathy and a sense of belonging in the classroom setting while helping youth discover the power of speaking up and speaking out. Poetry and the arts can be dynamic, healing tools for schools and communities recovering from natural disasters and other traumas such as gun violence.
This symposium is open to the public and geared towards literary teaching artists (for all audiences), classroom educators, poets, MFA candidates, and more. Content will be engaging for those brand new to teaching the literary arts and to the "old hats" among us. CalPoets Poet-Teachers will lead workshops sharing their skills and expertise.
Workshops will be geared towards the theme of The Poetics of Connection. How can poetry bring communities together? How can poetry bring collaborative growth and invigorate classroom relationships between teachers and students? What do we gain from coming together in person - after three years of a virtual symposium? We will learn from experts in our midst and pool our best practices for a weekend of learning, networking, community-building, poetry readings, and some good old-fashioned fun.
The weekend schedule will include sessions led by Active CalPoets' Poet-Teachers. If you are an Active Poet-Teacher, and would like to present a workshop, please click here to submit a brief proposal. The deadline to submit a proposal is June 16th.
subject to minor changes, full workshop descriptions & presenter bios coming soon
Friday, July 21st:
4:00pm-6:00pm: Networking/Happy Hour
7:00-8:30: Welcome & Creative Writing Workshop with Ceasar Avelar - Poet Laureate of Pomona
Saturday, July 22nd:
8:45am-9:00am: Symposium Opening
9:00am-10:30am: UCLArts & Healing Workshop presented by Stacie Aamon Yeldell
10:45am-12:00pm: Breakout Sessions Led by Active CalPoets' Poet-Teachers (details coming soon)
1:00pm-2:30pm: Breakout Sessions Led by Active CalPoets' Poet-Teachers (details coming soon)
3:00pm-5:00pm: Creative Writing Workshop with Lee Herrick, California Poet Laureate
5:00pm-6:00pm: Networking/Happy Hour
7:00pm-7:30pm: Poetry Reading Featuring Lee Herrick
7:30pm-8:00pm: Book Signing with Lee Herrick
8:00pm-10:00pm: Open Mic
Sunday, July 23rd:
9:00am-10:30am: Breakout Sessions Led by Active CalPoets' Poet-Teachers (details coming soon)
10:45am: 12:00pm: Symposium Closing
1:00pm-2:00pm: Pack out/Check out
Lee Herrick is the California Poet Laureate. He is the author of three books of poems: Scar and Flower, Gardening Secrets of the Dead, and This Many Miles from Desire. He is co-editor, with Leah Silvieus, of The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirit (Orison Books 2020). He served as City of Fresno Poet Laureate from 2015-2017. His poems have appeared widely in literary magazines, anthologies, and textbooks including The Bloomsbury Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, The Normal School, The Poetry Foundation, ZYZZYVA, Seeds from a Silent Tree: Writing by Korean Adoptees, Highway 99: A Literary Journey Through California’s Great Central Valley (2nd edition), The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems from the San Francisco Bay Watershed, Naming the Lost: The Fresno Poets—Interviews and Essays, One for the Money: The Sentence as Poetic Form, Indivisible: Poems of Social Justice, Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy, and HERE: Poems for the Planet, with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Copper Canyon 2019), among others.
Herrick serves on the advisory board of Terrain.org and Sixteen Rivers Press. He has taught in Qingdao, China, and for Kundiman. He co-founded LitHop in Fresno. He has traveled throughout Latin America and Asia and has given readings across the United States. He was born in Daejeon, South Korea, adopted at ten months of age, and raised in California. He lives with his family in Fresno, California, and teaches at Fresno City College and in the low-residency MFA program at the University of Nevada Reno at Lake Tahoe. He is the 10th California Poet Laureate, and the first Asian American to serve in the role.
It is our hope that cost will not be a barrier for any active Poet-Teacher who wants to attend the 2023 symposium. All active Poet-Teachers are encouraged to attend by donation. No active Poet-Teacher will be turned away for lack of funds. A donation amount ($25 minimum) can be chosen upon registration.
Poet-Teachers in Training
It is our hope that cost will not be a barrier for any Poet-Teacher in training who wants to attend the 2023 symposium. Poet-Teachers in training must have conducted an interview with CalPoets' staff, been officially accepted into the program by the Executive Director or Program Manager, and have a clear plan for completing all elements of their training within one year. No Poet-Teacher in training who meets these criteria will be turned away for lack of funds. A donation amount ($25 minimum) can be chosen upon registration. Poet-Teachers in training should choose from the Active Poet-Teacher ticket options when registering.
Day-use and overnight packages are available. Packages range in price from $150 for a basic day rate with no meals, parking, or lodging, to $395 for an all-inclusive opportunity.
All Workshops & Events
The symposium schedule is forthcoming.
Lee Herrick will lead a creative writing workshop Saturday afternoon, followed by a reading Saturday evening.
Dorm-style apartments are included with conference pricing. Each apartment contains four individual single bedrooms. Each bedroom contains an extra-long twin bed, desk, and chair. There are no double/queen beds available. Each unit has two bathrooms, a kitchenette, a living room, and a balcony. Click here to view the apartment layout.
Upon registration, you will be asked your preference for:
-Mixed-gender apartment or not
-Any specific people you would like to share an apartment with
Please note: If you feel strongly that you would like to share an apartment with particular people, you must coordinate with them in advance. Make sure that each person lists the same group of people as preferred apartment mates upon registration or you will not be guaranteed specific housing arrangments.
Alternatively, with everyone in a group's consent, you can work together and have one member register for two to four people and automatically be housed together.
Also note: If you have housing priorities that may not be able to be met by California Poets in the Schools, or if overnight tickets are sold out, please consider opting to purchase your own hotel room at Kellogg West, a hotel situated on the Cal Poly campus. California Poets in the Schools will not pay for any person's lodging at Kellogg West, and reservations must be made directly by you. If you opt to stay at Kellogg West, or any other hotel, simply select a ticket option upon registration that does not include lodging.
A continental breakfast including pastries, fruit, coffee, and tea will be provided Saturday & Sunday mornings, at one of our conference rooms. Lunch and dinner will be provided at Centerpointe Dining Commons where vegan and vegetarian options are available.
Friday, July 21, 2023
Saturday, July 22nd, 2023
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Sunday, July 23rd, 2023
Breakfast and lunch
Campus parking will be provided for all registered guests.
Cancellation Policy: CalPoets will offer a full refund, minus a $25 processing fee for all cancellations made prior to July 7th. After July 7th, no refunds will be issued.
ADA: Dining areas and conference rooms are ADA accessible. ADA lodging is available, however doors within the apartment are not automatic.
Hybrid/Streaming: We are currently looking into the possibility of streaming some workshops and events, but do not guarantee any virtual options at this time.
Masks/Covid Protocols: California Poets in the Schools will follow all current California Covid 19 recommended safety measures, found here. At this time (April, 2023) we do not intend to mandate masks, vaccines or negative covid tests for anyone to take part in this event. Of course you are welcome to mask if you wish. Please do not attend if you are sick or have tested positive for covid.
California Poets in the Schools is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Fernando Salinas (see info below) to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs. You may also state your needs upon registration.
For more information, please contact Fernando Salinas, Program Manager at (415) 221-4201, Fernando@cpits.org. For more information about Cal Poly Pomona, please click here. Thank you for directing all questions regarding the university to Fernando Salinas (contact above).
This activity is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.
Active Poet-Teacher w/Lodging$
Dorm-style apartments are included. Each apartment contains four, individual single bedrooms with an extra-long twin bed, desk, and chair. There are no double/queen beds available. Each unit has two bathrooms. All meals and parking included. The actual cost for this event, per person, is $395, however, Active Poet-Teachers may contribute a minimum donation of $25 or more.$0
Active Poet-Teacher No Lodging$
All workshops, events, meals and parking included. The actual cost for this option, per person, is $250, however, Active Poet-Teachers may contribute a minimum donation of $25 or more. Lodging is not included.$0
3-Day Public Event w/Lodging
Dorm-style apartments are included. Each apartment contains four, individual single bedrooms with an extra-long twin bed, desk, and chair. There are no double/queen beds available. Each unit has two bathrooms. All workshops, events, meals and parking included.
3-Day Public Event (Premium)
Included in this ticket price: All workshops and events, all meals & parking. No lodging is provided with this ticket option.
3-Day Public Event (Basic)
Included in this ticket price: All workshops and events. No lodging, meals or parking are provided with this ticket option.